Welcome to another edition of everyone's (someone's?) favourite re-occurring feature, the one where I ask a person of the internet to give us all some recommendations from their top shelf of life's 5 most important categories: Music, TV/Film, Books, Internet-ing, and ANYTHING (to make sure all bases are completely covered).
Today we're joined by the brilliant music maker Will '@rosewoodalmanac' Stratton. If for some crazy reason you are unfamiliar with his music, I highly recommend you push pause on reading the rest of this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and head over to Will's Bandcamp page right now. Have a poke around. Press play on some things (for example, this record). Check out his website.
Everybody all caught up? Ok, now let's go check out some things he thinks we should all go check out.
#1 - WHAT IS THE ONE ALBUM (OR EP OR SONG) THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE THE VERY NEXT MUSICAL THING THAT EVERYONE PRESSES PLAY ON THE NEXT TIME THEY FIND THEMSELVES THINKING “WHAT SHOULD I LISTEN TO NOW”?.
I can’t recommend just one piece of music. It’s just impossible.
Duncan Browne's The Wild Places - Streets Of Fire is one of my favorite recent finds. Wonderful tongue-in-cheek theatricality, sort of like Roxy Music at their prime, but a little proggier. Glamorous, pompous, and ridiculous.
I’ve also really been enjoying Yorkston/Thorne/Khan’s Everything Sacred. It’s a really joyful and surprising fusion of Indian classical music and Scottish folk. Their cover of Ivor Cutler’s “Little Black Buzzer” is especially great.
Also, the new Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith record is great, and makes me lust for a Buchla synthesizer, though I’d never be able to get the sounds out of it that she does.
#2 - WHAT IS THE ONE MOVIE OR TV SHOW THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE NEXT IN EVERYBODY’S NETFLIX QUEUE (OK, DOESN’T HAVE TO BE NETFLIX, WE’RE ALL INTERNET ADULTS HERE AND KNOW HOW TO FIND ANYTHING ONLINE, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER)?
These both happen to be on Netflix right now, at least here in the United States.
The Cruise, a pre-9/11 portrait of vagabond Manhattanite tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch, which is a beautiful exhortation to live sensuously in the present and the past simultaneously, and Sherman’s March, which is a languorous and humorously melancholy look at the space in between adolescence and adulthood in the American South in the early 1980’s.
3. I (AND BY “I” I MEAN “THE PERSON THAT IS READING THIS”) AM GOING TO THE BOOK STORE (OK, PROBABLY AMAZON) TO FIND THE VERY NEXT BOOK THAT I WILL BE PUTTING SOME EXTREMELY VALUABLE ‘ME-TIME' ASIDE FOR. WHICH BOOK WOULD YOU GET, IF YOU WERE ME (AND, I SUPPOSE, YOU HADN’T ALREADY READ WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO SUGGEST)?
I feel guilty, because I don’t read as many books as I feel like I should. I’m struggling through Knausgaard right now, but I won’t recommend that because everyone is talking about that. Instead, I’ll recommend Afternoon Men, a book by Anthony Powell.
It’s an extremely dry comedy of errors, sort of like a P.G. Wodehouse novel, but if Wodehouse were Paul McCartney, all sort of soft agreeable edges, Anthony Powell is more of a John Lennon here—acerbic, brief, and to the point. I haven’t read it since college but I think about it often.
#4 - WHAT IS THE ONE WEBSITE (OR JUST ANY OLD INTERNET THING: APP, GIF, SERVICE, WHATEVER) THAT YOU WOULD GET REALLY DOWN IN THE DUMPS ABOUT IF IT WERE TO SUDDENLY GO AWAY?
Podcasts are a pretty okay invention, so I guess I’ll go with podcasts. I like the Duncan Trussell Family Hour.
I like how openly spiritual and eloquent about spirituality Duncan is—that’s something that seems to be frowned upon in polite company in a lot of circles and I’m trying to unlearn that tendency myself.
#5 - AND FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / EATING / THINKING / QUITING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT MORE BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.
I recommend drinking ice water and squeezing a lemon in it. Tart and refreshing.
OK folks, there you have it. Things that Will thinks you should consider incorporating into your day/life. Before you start searching the fridge for a lemon to squirt into your bottle of water, go follow Will on Twitter and head back over to that Bandcamp page and pick up a nice treat for your ears.
And maybe we can all agree to meet up here again next week, ok? OK.